Archive | November, 2016


Let’s draft our Legislature through Sortition

One of our readers, Michael Pitts-Campbell has a interesting suggestion. And while some may think it’s a new and different idea,  the idea is actually old and has an elite pedigree. Thanks for reminding us Michael. Here’s what he sent me when I asked for reform suggestions “Here’s one that probably stands as much chance […]

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“Yes, and” Independent

You’d think that  when confronted with acts of racism and hate there’s be no hesitation in condemning those acts and the perpetrators. Yet I keep  hearing people say something like  “Yes but….” a) why don’t you condemn Black Lives Matter  b) you can’t blame it all on Trump supporters or  c) No one’s proved to […]

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Voter Turnout Stats. Democrats looking good

It’s only November 3rd, but the turnout numbers are looking pretty favorable for the Democratic Party. While it appears the Democratic and Republican turnout are making this a neck and neck race, check this table out. While the Democratic party has an 8.5% registration advantage over the Republican Party, there is currently a 13% Democratic […]

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35 + 24 + 1 =60: The Independent scenario

In a not inconceivable scenario, the nascent major Independent Party of Oregon may end up being the key to tax and spending reform in the 2017 Legislative session. Measure 97 is largely the result of  the fact that the Oregon Constitution requires a 60% super majority in both Houses (That means 36 seats) to increase […]

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